My FJ is a work in progress

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The Khaki FJ is mine

2011 RHD South Africa Model

i am constantly adding more and more equipment to make our overlanding trips more comfortable and convenient
Our favorite destinations are Okavango Swamps - Botswana, and the Namib desert in Namibia particularly the region where there are the famous desert elephants and desert lions.

Photos below taken during a few trips to the Namib Desert in Namibia

In some pics I have the soft EaziAwn roof top tent this has now been replaced with the Hardshell AluCab RTT


The truck has many extras;-
> Now Alucab Roof Top Tent
> FrontRunner Roof Rack
> AluCab 270 degree awning
> 2 x 110W solar PV panels with Victron 20A MPPT charge controller
> 3 x Optima 95AH deep cycle batteries (1 under hood, 2 in rear) & 1 std cranking battery
> 1 x 12V 40Ltr Freezer
> 1 x 12V 40Ltr Fridge
> 1 x 127Ltr Long Ranger Aux fuel tank + OEM 75Ltr Fuel tank = 202Ltr total capacity
> 1 x 60Ltr water tank with 12V pump system (and shower)
> 4 Drawer aluminium packing system
> ToughDog 2inch lifted suspension with ToughDog 9 way adjustable shocks (+300kg rear springs, +200kg front springs)
> Ironman 10,000lb winch with wireless remote and plasma rope
> 33" x 12.5 x 17 BFG AT tyres
> Mickey Thompson Rims
> Gobi-X front bar
> Hella SuperNova LED spotlights
> Jackelberry ripstop canvas seat covers

Other than the above all else is standard.












Desert elephant












 
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I decided that I needed a better solution for carrying water than my old method using a 50Ltr plastic water tank.

As my rear seats are already removed, we made up a 70Ltr 316 stainless steel water tank to fit and mount to the rear seat mounting brackets, to this tank we them monted a piece of ¾" Birch Plywood to facilitate the mounting of (a) the 2nd fridge, (b) the 2nd and 3rd Optima Yellow top Batteries, and (c) an ald ammo box for clothes and other odds n sods.




Installed a 90deg elbow and shut-off valve and a gardena quick connect hose fitting.

Then I mount the 2nd and 3rd Optima Yellow top batteries


Then I mounted the solar charge controller and power supply unit for the Freezer and Fridge



Then for proof of concept, we went camping 275km up the East coast from Cape Town to a Private Nature Reserve called BLOMBOS and literally camped on the beach for 4 days.
Being the southern hemisphere winter at the moment, the mornings and nights were about 5deg C - which equates to about as cold as a Mother-In Laws' Kiss
Needless to say the new water tank system and battery mount plank was a success, however the 12V pressure pump system used to pump water from the tank needs some work as the 12V pump i bought from the local 4x4 accessory shop was a Chinese item that only worked intermittently. So now Im off the the Marine suppliers to get a "Proper" 12V Marine Pressure Pump

BY the way, the building structure in the pic is and old well that was sunk in the 1940's to supply water via an old Lister diesel pump, to a unused dwelling that was situated 30mtr higher up on a hilltop that is now derilict. Go figure, a fresh water well, literally 3mtr from the waters edge on the beach {?}

My FJ is the one on the far left of pic.
 
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BMThiker

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Sounds heavy, but certainly gives you some long range capability off the grid.
 
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@BMThiker
It may be heavy, but when we go bush, most times we are at least 400 sometimes up to 800km from the nearest civilisation and there arent any established campsites, we just park near the most suitable tree, which means there are zero facilities, so we need to be fully self sufficient, and on a 14day overland expedition with drinking, cooking, washing up and showering, 70Ltr of water doesnt go very far at all.
 
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@tlc_4play -- did you include baffles to keep the water slosh controlled? A hundred pounds of water moving around might cause some missed heartbeats when navigating off-kilter slopes. Though, it's 70 liters, not 70 gallons, so may not cause too much trouble.
 
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@GWcruiser - absolutely, yes the water tank is fitted with internal baffles I had the sloshing problem with the previous 50Ltr plastic tank and knew it shouldve been baffled, so this tank has 3 internal baffles with the edge bottoms cut at 45deg angle and 3 holes punched in its center line.
 
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